What will you do with the Good News???

There was a lot going on the night the Savior was born. In addition to the drama surrounding Mary and Joseph: their long journey, their inability to find lodging and her impending labor and delivery; Out in the field surrounding Bethlehem something far from ordinary was taking place.
The Scriptures tell the story in Luke 2:8-20. Some shepherds were pulling the night shift with their flocks when they saw some-thing that was completely unexpected. Right in the middle of them, an angel of the Lord appeared. They immediately knew this being wasn’t an ordinary man, because the brightness of the very glory of God completely surrounded Him. Obviously they were frozen with fear. Perhaps they even trembled not knowing what was going to happen next.
It was at this moment the heavenly messenger of God reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” He said, “I bring good news!” The news the angel had to share with the shepherds was not just only good news for them; it was in fact great news for everyone on earth. The shepherds listened with amazement as the angel said, “Tonight, the Savior is born right here in Bethlehem.” Then the angel shared the location and the description of this incredible newborn.
As if the weight of the news was not enough, suddenly the one angel was joined by an army of angels, all as bright and shiny as the first. These mighty warriors of God lit up the entire hillside and shouted in unison as only a troop trained for battle can: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.” And then as soon as they had appeared they were gone.
The shepherds were left standing there all alone with the sheep, just as they had been 15 minutes earlier. And then they were faced with an interesting decision: “What will we do with this news?” They certainly could have begun to debate about exactly what they had saw. They also could have easily decided to not say anything to any-one, fearing what people would think.
But Luke 2:15-17 tells us exactly what these shepherds did with this precious news. First, they went to see for themselves the wonderful thing that had happened. After they had come before Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus, the Savior of the World, they ran to their village and told everyone what had happened.
We are faced time and time again with the same decision that the shepherds had to make that special night so long ago. What are we going to do with the good news about Jesus? Will we hide it? Will we debate about it among ourselves? Will we doubt it’s validity? What should we do with this good news?
At this holiday season, may this be our passion once again: To share the incredible life changing news that we have heard and experienced for ourselves to those around us. We have seen the super-natural saving power of Jesus and we have experienced just how awesome He is, now we must boldly and unashamedly proclaim the good news to anyone who will listen.


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